Thursday, July 26, 2012

Creating a Hummingbird Hotspot

I've written a few posts about hummingbird plants like Hummingbird Bush , Standing Cypress,   Firebush, and Mexican Oregano. 

But I hadn't written a blueprint for making your yard a hummingbird hotspot, until now--via this hummingbird haven article I wrote for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle.  

The article has design criteria, considerations and feeder technique in addition to a plant list.

Divided into sun and shade, the list includes scientific names, notes about water requirements, deciduous-ness (I know, but it should be a word), deer resistance and alkaline soil if needed.  

Most of the plants are zones 8-11 although some will take more cold.  A few species should have been noted as annuals (standing cypress and pentas, and pineapple sage might be an annual depending on winter.)

I know all the plants in the article attract hummingbirds, we've grown them and seen hummingbirds hover at them. 

Our back garden,today. Can you spot seven hummingbird plants?

Watching hummingbirds frees the mind to fly.  I hope there's room for hummingbird habitat in your space--for your health and theirs.

Copyright 2009-2012 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

7 comments :

Jayne said...

I loved your article, Kathleen. Great information and I'm happy to say that I have some of the plants you mention already - and now I have a shopping list for more!

Steph@RamblingWren said...

Wonderful article. I recognized your name right away since I follow your wonderful blog. Loved that you identified several different types of plants to attract the hummers. Great info!

Birdwoman said...

Excellent information for anyone wanting to create a hummingbird haven. What is amazing is how really easy it is. The plants hummingbirds like are mostly tough and don't require much care. Stick them in the ground and stand back! Soon you'll have plenty of entertainment in your yard as the little flying jewels spar over their favorite blossoms.

TexasDeb said...

Great article Kat! I've got loads of the attractant flowers, but am frustrated that we seem to get the same two hummingbirds that fiercely battle each other for dominance of the two planters we maintain close to our house. Rather than a group feeding by turns, we are more typically watching a bird staying by a feeder, waiting for any other birds to approach and then fussily dive bombing them off.

I suppose one solution might be to get another feeder and maybe erect a sign? "Three feeders - no waiting" !

Lancashire rose said...

II enjoyed reading your article and love the shot of your back garden. Such a native Texas scene. haven't thought of adding hummingbird feeders to my garden because we travel such a lot and don't want them hanging around waiting for me to fill a feeder. However, like you, I have lots of flowers that they can feed from. It sometimes surprises me to see them go to flowers that I don't think have nectar. It seems they don't restrict themselves to the tubular flowers. I have seen them on sun flowers, echinacea and zinnias! But they do love the tubular ones the best-especially the salvias and the hesperaloe.

Gail said...

Kathleen, Your garden is lovely~Makes me want to live in Texas Hill Country even more! gail

Randy Hyden said...

Outstanding photo and article!